But, suffice it to say that I think my daughter-in-law, Lori, is a very good Mom.
We kid her about being over-protective at times, and we tease her about how 'germ conscious' she is, but really, those aren't such bad traits to have. She's doing a wonderful job raising our two granddaughters Mia and Sophie.
That's one reason I love her. Another reason is how happy she makes our son Erik.
And here's another reason I love her:
The family was over for Super Bowl Sunday, and Ray wanted to get a picture with all the grandkids, and Lori also mentioned that Mia needed a picture of their little family for a school project. So she, Erik, Mia, and Sophie got settled on the loveseat to pose. And with that, Jayden came and stuck his head in the way.
The rest of us all thought he was just being a scootch and said, "No, Jayden!" ~ "Move!" ~ "Get out of the way!" ~ "They just want their family in this picture." ~ things along that nature. Jayden stepped aside and huffed, "Well, I'm their family too."
And, right away Lori said, "Awww! Of course you're our family!"
So then we all softened a little and told him as soon as we got a picture for Mia for school he could get in the picture too. But, of course, once all the picture-taking was done we forgot. Erik got up and walked away, and we all went about our business. Everyone except Lori that is.
She pulled Jayden over to her and said, "Wait! Now I want a picture with the rest of my family."
(This picture isn't the greatest, but I wanted to show how happy Jayden was to be included!)
(And look at Sophie's little face! So adorable!)
(Jayden's not smiling as big in this one but I love how Mia is looking toward Jayden.)
(And I love how inclusive Lori is with Jayden in every situation.)
It's just who she is.